Study of the Yucca Mountain site began as far back as 1978 in an effort to establish a viable, safe repository for spent fuel rods that all in service nuclear power generators create during their lifetime. This site is being studied in order to determine its stability geologically, among other factors. There is an awful lot of work going into this facility because this high level waste is lethal for thousands of years and cannot be placed anywhere where there are anything like high water tables and the possibility of earthquakes. As the situation exists currently, all of this nuclear waste is mostly stored “on site” at each nuclear power facility under heavy guard. This is not to say that it is safe by any means. Each site has it’s own set of vulnerabilities and risks. Man made “situations” can be planned for and mitigated, however, mother nature has always had a trick or two up her sleeve. Weather and earthquake scenarios can also be planned for and precautions taken, however, non of the current storage facilities even come close to the level of security offered by the Yucca Mountain site. It is my opinion that this site must be completed and approved so the United States can make a transition back into nuclear power, getting away from the fossil fuels that the “Enviro’s” keep complaining about. Nuclear power can be and is safe if the proper safeguards are put in place, and Yucca Mountain is a huge piece of this puzzle. I feel that Nuclear power is vital if we as a nation are going to get out from under the thumb of the middle east oil. We also must increase domestic oil and gas exploration and production. We must demand that our government stop playing politics with our lives, livelihoods and futures of our children.
This site seems to fit the bill but the Obama Administration is pulling funding from this project.